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St. Cloud Hospital Dietetic Internship Program

The St. Cloud Hospital Dietetic Internship Program is diverse and fast-paced with a special focus on medical nutrition therapy. While providing the traditional rotations of medical nutrition therapy, community nutrition and food service management, the program is uniquely supplemented with a multitude of experiences including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The MAND conference in the spring: for opportunities to network and learn some of the latest research on relevant nutrition topics
  • Opportunity for special observations: such as a gastric sleeve procedure, PEG tube placement, video swallow evaluation, and more.
  • Professional Development week: a week in which interns can arrange their own career shadow experiences to assist with developing their personal interests within the field of nutrition and dietetics.
  • Education Days: two days throughout the program in which interns receive lecture-style presentations from a variety of professionals. Some potential topics include eating disorders, cultural competency, renal nutrition and GI disorders.

Program Location

St. Cloud is located 65 miles northwest of Minneapolis with a population of 67,109, making it Minnesota's tenth largest city. St. Cloud Hospital is located on the Mississippi River in Central Minnesota. It is a Catholic-affiliated, not-for-profit institution and part of the CentraCare Health System. The hospital has more than 5,000 employees, 400 physicians and 1,200 volunteers. It serves 690,000 people in a 12-county area.

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Program Quick Facts
Program Length: 9 months (Full Time), 14 months (Part Time)
Class Size: Up to 10 annually, including up to 2 part time interns
Program Concentration: Medical Nutrition Therapy
Graduate Credit Provided? No
Prior Learning Credits Accepted? No
D&D Matching Code: Full Time: 784, Part Time: 787
Application Fee: $40 (please see Requirements & Matching Details)

The St. Cloud Hospital DI Program is currently granted candidacy status by The Accreditation for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Mailing Address:
120 Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190
Chicago, IL, 60606
Phone: 312-899-5400

Testimonials From Previous Interns

I feel like after completing this internship, I am ready to become an entry level dietitian. This internship not only helped give me the extra knowledge I need, but helped me gain the extra confidence I need to be successful in a career."

I felt well-guided throughout the program and the organization was great."

I liked the variety of experiences that I got through my rotations, as well as the variety of preceptors."

"I always felt like the dietitians treated me with respect and trusted me to do the job well."

"I feel extremely prepared to be an entry-level dietitian! I was exposed to such a great variety of rotations, setting and preceptors that I feel I could hop into any field and do just fine. There were so many hands-on opportunities, which definitely will help my confidence as I move forward."